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Just Life / Vintage sewing machine thread
« on: September 21, 2013, 10:45:20 PM »
I just purchased five vintage machines over the past three weeks and I like hunting for them and finding one buried in the back of a junk store and when you open the table..WOW.
 I am currently stripping the Pfaff of its paint so I can repaint it and hubby and I are having fun fixing the cabinets and cleaning the machines and trying to figure out how they work.  I like the 50's/60's electrical machines especially the White's and the Morse's with all of the buttons and dials.   Here are the two I purchased yesterday.
Any other vintage sewing machine peeps here? 

Technical Help in Creating / Bracelet jumprings pulling apart too easily
« on: August 08, 2013, 03:03:41 PM »
On bracelets with many jump rings of different materials such as copper, brass, silver plate, etc.  do you solder them or just make sure to buy hard findings  so they do not pull apart so easily?  or do you do something else?
I do not want to sell a bracelet and have the charms and dangles pull off easily,   and after wearing one or two and giving them a test run hat is what is happening,  but I don't want to add the time /cost for soldering each and every ring  because I use a lot of them.
What do you do? Thanks for any help :)

General Discussion / STICKER SHOCK
« on: July 19, 2013, 02:53:09 PM »
I have major sticker shock right now.  Yesterday we decided we had to redo our kitchen.  The original GE 9 foot stainless counter (circa 1950) had to go!  I have been cooking on a 2 burner hot plate for 2 years,  no dishwasher for the past 25 years,  no oven the past two years.  Yesterday I was down to 1 burner left on the hot plate and I said ENOUGH!!
Hubby said great,  let's do it.  So off we went  to get a new free standing range and portable dishwasher to use while we redo the kitchen.  We know it is going to take us months,  financially and time wise so we bought a laundry sink in cabinet to set up temporarily as our sink.
 We don't know if we can save the hardwood floors.  The electrically has to be completely redone.  Oh gosh,  I am just kinda numb.
I decided to go ahead and get the stainless double oven range I wanted...$$$  It will be the focal point of the kitchen.  It is blue inside!!  It is a convection with all kinds of doodads and a smooth top.  The dishwasher is apt. sized as we live alone and have a very small kitchen so it will fit us and our home perfectly again $$$
Thank goodness we put all of the stuff on charge cards.  We pay it off in 12 months and it is interest free.  We are excited and tired all ready. 
Anyone else currently redoing their kitchen and making do in a temporary kitchen set up in the living room like we are?  Hubby is 61 and I am 59 and we are just SLOW as molasses.  But we are very excited to make our new kitchen! :)

Creative Creations / Handmade vintage bead caps and such
« on: July 11, 2013, 11:35:45 AM »
I wanted to try making vintage bead caps from old tins.  I think I like it.  Shopping for the tins is really fun but are a lot of work.  A lot of time is involved from the browsing for tins to the photographing and finally listing them.
The price points may be to high to sell retail and may be a better idea for me to use on my own creations to sell.  I haven't crunched the numbers yet.  Kinda afraid to...LOL
I did these in my beadroom in my home yesterday but I think if I set up in the studio I can get the time down and have a better $$ figure for selling them.
Here is my blog about the bead caps:

Creative Creations / Jewelry storage and display boxes
« on: June 16, 2013, 03:12:27 PM »
Thought you might like to read about my boxes.  They are fun and work well to go from the closet storage to the vehicle for transport and then right to the show table.  Easy peasy.  Visit my blog for more pictures and a list of what you will need to make these.

General Discussion / Handmade jewelry display boxes
« on: February 27, 2013, 12:32:01 PM »
I have been searching for years for something to neatly store my jewelry in at home in the studio,  in the truck on the way to a show and at the show on the table.  I really wanted a three in one unit that was easy to manage,  not much space used and also fairly theft proof.
Needless to say I have been trying to figure that one out for about 12 years now.  Did I mention it also had to be beautiful and girly?  The good news is it can be manly in black or browns or rich in all golds or silver or any color you want.   You could also use old suitcases but they take up a lot of room. I just started making  my first box and it is for earrings.  It has three copper rods in it.  My favorite part is the little hangers. LOL  I will be making those little hangers for the next two weeks!
You can read all about it on my blog and see all the pics there.  I hope it is okay to post my blog link here?  It isn't finished yet and I will be posting more pics and pics of the larger one I will be making for necklaces and bracelets too.

General Discussion / The scoop on Copy Rights
« on: January 24, 2013, 12:38:29 PM »
Hi everyone,  I just joined and set up a shop,  nothing listed as of yet but I am working on it.  Having been on a glass bead forum many years this topic comes up a lot with newbies.   COPYRIGHTS
 I have been browsing the shops here and noticed one shop stated she had copyright laws on a bracelet with glass beads,  and went so far as to state she would go after any copycats with the full extent of the law backing her up.  Unfortunately that sentence showed me that she did not fully understand copyright/patent laws or how many bracelet designs just like hers were already out there. 
Here is a link so everyone will know that the most you could probably copyright is the photo you took without going out and actually getting a patent.    If you are going for a patent by proving yours was the first ever be aware that the burden of proof is on you and it is a daunting task especially for jewelry and beads and tutorials.   Copyrights and patents are time consuming and expensive.  They are even more time consuming and expensive to enforce.
 I have been around on these types of sites a long time and know that people get their feelings hurt when they see copies of their great ideas that they believe are truly unique to them and copies show up the next day or a few days later.  It happens to all of us.  There isn't really much you can do,  it is a fact of selling on the internet.
Here is the link:  Straight from the United States Copyright Offices
Lorraine ;)

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